Well then – it seems that Bob Fiddaman over at Seroxat Sufferers has been in contact with some of the ‘movers and shakers’ behind the healthcare charities and grassroots patient groups that I find it so difficult to believe in – see my posts here, here, here and here.
I’ll leave you to read the posts and make up your own mind about what’s been said – but what I find strange is that ‘patient advocates’ can be so dismissive of campaigners like Bob Fiddaman and myself, while at the same rubbishing experts such as Professor David Healy, Richard Brook, Charles Medawar, Dr Peter Breggin, Dr Andrew Herxheimer, Paul Flynn MP and organisations such as MIND and Panorama.
Amelia, Jim and Chris seem unconcerned at the way drug companies operate – the way they bury data from clinical trials that are negative and twist words and statistics to wriggle out of any liability. Not one of the three of them seems to be interested in even considering the overall efficacy and safety profile of modern antidepressants.
They are keen however, to question the motives of anyone who takes a view that is not on-message with their own view. On this blog Jim has questioned my motives for writing. Well the answer is – I’ve taken Seroxat and I suffered greatly because of it, as did my family. I’m not going to let the drug companies get away with it if I can help it. Patients must be able to make informed consent about treatment and at the moment the MHRA and drug companies simply do not allow this.
I do not earn any money from this blog – this is not how I make my living. Amelia, Jim and Chris, on the other hand, are ‘professionals’ – who see no possible conflict of interest in taking funding from, and working with, the drug companies.